In the wake of the recent 2017 AGM and the June EGM, we have needed to regroup and review RAPS initiatives of past months, the things that seemed to work and those that were less successful.
We don’t believe in repeating those things from which we received low return on effort. And so we have been designing and developing a new system – an overall multi-faceted strategy that is entirely new and we are very energised around it. This overarching strategy is more inclusive, more involving, more flexible and responsive, within and outside of the APS.
The strategies that require working from within the APS will be weakened if APS members leave the Society. The 2018 AGM will be hosted in Sydney, the date will be announced sometime next year. Obviously for some of RAPS strategies that will be an important date.
The unfortunate situation of the two-tier Medicare rebate has created a seemingly adversarial process between generalist psychologists and clinical psychologists. However, we are not focused upon being against the Clinicals; instead we are very focused on the best possible outcomes for all psychologists now and in the much longer term. So, although RAPS began as a movement to Reform the APS, and we still have a strong intent in that direction, RAPS focus and associated strategies have broadened.
We also want to acknowledge that the movement known as RAPS up to and including the 2017 AGM has been centred, in part, around an open web forum. Some have commented that negative posts have not helped them in deciding to support RAPS. We have applied very limited moderation being reluctant to censure in the spirit of open debate. There will be different processes in our new system where we are looking at ways the overall community can be more focused upon unification of individual efforts, while still allowing individual expression.
We want to thank everyone who voted for RAPS-supported candidates and everyone who assigned their proxies to RAPS. All of you, and many others who are still unaware of RAPS, will be hearing more soon. Lastly we want you to know that the RAPS team has increased its numbers significantly since the AGM result.